WATCH: DNC, Charlotte, NC –Top journalists and digital campaign strategists discuss election 2.0 and Clint Eastwood’s speech going viral

Following our successful panel at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, the USC Center on Communication Leadership and Policy (CCLP) continued their convention programming this week at the Democratic National Convention. The event was held at the Bloomberg link in Charlotte, NC in partnership with Harvard IOP and Bloomberg LP….

CCLP, Harvard IOP and Bloomberg panel discuss the controversy over Super PACs and campaign financing at the RNC

On Sunday, August 26, 2012, the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy presented a panel alongside Bloomberg and the Harvard Institute of Politics at the Bloomberg Link in Tampa, Florida on the eve of the postponed Republican National Convention. While the convention was officially postponed until Tuesday, August 28, 2012, due to the looming threat of Hurricane Isaac, the pre-convention event successfully went off without postponement creating engaging conversations about the role of media in political discourse among leading news media professionals, political pundits, and leading academics….

National USC Annenberg-Los Angeles Times Poll shows presidential race in dead heat going into the conventions

Originally Posted by: USC Annenberg News on August 23, 2012 This blog first appeared on the USC Annenberg News website. In a just-released national survey leading up to the Republican National Convention, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden lead the Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan by a slim margin of 48-46 among likely voters, with just 3 percent of voters undecided….

Ford Foundation grant signals shift away from public broadcasting

The Ford Foundation, which for decades funded much of public broadcasting, last week shifted its media grantmaking to a different medium – newspapers. The Los Angeles Times announced the $1 million grant, which according to the Times will pay for reporters to cover "Vietnamese, Korean and other immigrant communities, the California prison system, the border region and Brazil." The Times story noted that the new Brazil-based reporter will be the newspaper's first full-time correspondent in Latin America in "several years." Until now, the Ford Foundation has been more closely associated with public radio and television. Ford used to give National…